A Day in Denver

A Day in Denver

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I have a friend who (before this weekend) had never been on a plane, so when I found affordable plane tickets to Denver, we began planning a weekend getaway.

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If you only have one hour in St. Augustine…

If you only have one hour in St. Augustine…

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If you only have one hour in St. Augustine, try to make it 7:00-8:00 am.  At this time, the tourists are absent, the sun is in “golden hour,” and the parking is free.

If you only have one hour in St. Augustine, park near Flagler College.  The school is only fifty-ish years old, but the buildings used to be a prestigious hotel.  The architecture is beautiful!

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Mosquit-OH MY!

Mosquit-OH MY!

For ten hours on Monday, I drove south at 80 mph in the company car.  I am attending a student retention conference this week, and my goal was to reach the hotel before dinner.

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About halfway to my destination, I stopped at the Savannah Wildlife Refuge to snap some nature photos and stretch my legs.  As soon as I exited the car, 1000 mosquitoes attacked me.  I ran in circles while swatting them (killing about 10 mosquitoes per swat) until I could safely return to my car.

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I didn’t try to leave the car again for three hours.

Sorry there aren’t more photos of the nature preserve, but I like my blood to stay in my body.

Rainbow Taco Salad

Rainbow Taco Salad

July is National Black Bean Month.

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Do you ever feel like you are in the Chopped Kitchen?  This salad came from such an experience.  After opening the cupboard below the sink, I realized that my sweet potatoes had to be used ASAP.  However, I desperately wanted a salad.

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30 before 30: First Apartment

30 before 30: First Apartment

I cannot contain myself.  There are a hundred things that I should do right now besides write a blog post.  Yet, I find myself sitting cross-legged on my freshly-slipcovered couch, typing away.

Yesterday I moved into my first apartment, and I cannot wait to share some photos.

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In a way, this apartment fell in my lap.  A friend from PIU (whom we will call R) rented a furnished basement apartment from a couple who attends a nearby Baptist church.  R graduated in May, and she moved to another part of town to rent an apartment with friends.  I asked R if her landlords planned to find another renter after she moved out, and the rest is history.

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Chocolate Hummus

Chocolate Hummus

Over four years ago, I started this blog with a Lemony Snicket quote, and my home page boasts a picture of Lemony Snicket books.  Without a doubt, Snicket is my favorite monikered children’s author.  His proverbs are quite wise, including this one:

“Sometimes words are not enough.”
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Arizona’s Waiting on These Eyes

Arizona’s Waiting on These Eyes

At the end of every trip, I find photos that don’t really fit with any post.  Like these.